Have a plan to become better. Don’t just be busy because hard work doesn’t guarantee success. Focus on growing not only on goals! It’s hard to improve your circumstances, if you’re unwilling to improve yourself.
Growth gap traps
- Assume you will automatically grow
- You must intentionally about your growth; stop waiting to become the person you want to be and start being him or her
- Don’t know how to
- “It’s not the right time to begin” or must find the best way before you start
- There is a difference between deciding and doing: act immediately
- The longer you wait to do something, the more likely it won’t happen
- Get moving first if you want to see more on the way
- Afraid to make mistakes
- Growing is messy and you will probably look foolish
- Get over your fear of mistakes and failures – welcome your mistakes
- Not inspired
- No matter how you feel, just do it
- Forget motivation – act yourself into feeling motivated
- Others are better than I am
- Great individuals are willing to share their ideas – you can only learn if others are ahead of you
- I thought it would be easier than this
- People take advantage of luck through preparation + opportunity + action
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth Synopsis –
- Law of Intentionality
Intentional personal growth
- Law of Awareness
The first step towards change is awareness, then acceptance
- Law of the Mirror
People don’t reach their potential because of low self-esteem.
- Law of Reflection
Peter Drucker: follow effective action with quiet reflection to get even more effective action
- Law of Consistency
Motivation gets you going, discipline keeps you going.
- Law of Environment
If you’re always at the head of the class, you are in the wrong class! Change your environment and move to a larger pond. Change depends on your choices. Impossible to grow without changing. Change your attitude.
- Law of Design
To maximize growth, develop strategies. This Leadership course guides you to build those strategies
- Law of Pain
Good management of bad experiences leads to greater growth. Every problem introduces an opportunity to improve yourself.
- Law of the Ladder
Character growth determines the height of your personal success. Focus more on character than on competence.
- Law of the Rubberband
Need to keep band stretched from where you are to where you want to be.
- Law of Tradeoffs
Need to give up some things you value to grow up.
- Law of Curiosity
Growth is stimulated by asking why. Curiosity opens options – “all meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination” – Einstein
- Law of Modeling
Read and summarize action points of books that interest you – take action on what you learn as fast as possible.
- Law of Expansion
Potential within us is limitless – we usually create our own limits.
- Law of Contribution
Growing yourself enables you to grow others. Help others because we are all one.
Put people first in your life – where are they on your list of goals?